Chris McCully


2021 Chris McCully has been writing, publishing and fishing for many years. At present he's in his final years of academic life; several new book-length projects are scheduled to be published in 2022-23 and these capture the range of his interests: poetry and linguistic/cultural history; angling of all kinds; lexicography; theories of place and belonging. Retirement will eventually take him back to his native Yorkshire and (he hopes) to a slightly quieter life where he can fish more, read and reflect more, play the piano more and continue to bring on his dog(s) - and possibly, another garden.

In these pages you'll encounter listings of and links to Chris's work. That work spans writing of different kinds (poems, translations, prose both academic and creative). This site offers comments on that together with some analysis of angling and related topics, haphazard accounts of and untrustworthy notes on angling days as they happen, some photographs, a list of Chris's major publications and a page of links. There's also some downloadable content here too, in the form of blog entries or drafts of essays. Thanks for reading.

To explore some of the themes of this site please click on the links below:

Academic work and other prose
All Chris's books - a chronological list

Latest News:
Names of the Fish

"To begin this collection with such a methodical assertion of futility is inspired…. A terrifyingly reasonable exploration…. This unsettling triple-threat of the 'Poetic You' is used to irreproachable engaging effect in the collection, and ensured I read the thing in one sitting….Whilst I enjoyed the lyrical exuberance of 'Polder' and the engaging demi-dialogue of 'Torquatus', it is 'Masterpieces' which shows McCully at his best….McCully has a real gift for embracing the impositions we make when attempting to engage with a piece of art ….Depth and humanity…. A beguiling book…." - Phil Brown, reviewing Polder (2009) in Stride Magazine

Note: with some minimal though­ important exceptions, you're free to download, share or cite anything in these pages, including photos. If you do so, however, please include an acknowledgement of the source in the new context, e.g. 'Text: Chris McCully, 2021', 'Photo: Richard Faulks 2020' and so on. Please note that otherwise-unattributed photos are invariably my own. Finally, do be aware that one or two images remain the copyright of the photographer who took the shot (or of the publishing house which retains the image) and where this is the case I have indicated it, so that no use of the relevant image is possible without obtaining written copyright permission first. Thank you.

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